Willamette Geek: Wal-Mart’s Wireless – Not for power users? Not so Fast.

At first glance, it would be easy for a hardcore smartphone junkie to dismiss Wal-Mart's announcement Monday of its Family Mobile service. While the basic communication price is attractive enough, ($45 a month, no contract, for unlimited talk and text versus $90 at ATT and Verizon), Wal-Mart's data rates are a whopping $40 for 1 gigabyte. Verizon offers an unlimited data plan for $30, while AT&T ...   More
Thursday, September 16, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Willamette Geek: Nintendo 3DS hits the U.S. in March

Yow. As excited as I am to get my grubby sandwich clamps on Nintendo's newest bit of silicon child pacifier, the prospects of it being priced much higher than what the original DS retailed for is a bit off-putting to say the least. Last night Nintendo's media dump revealed that the follow-up to the company's ultra-successful DS bows in Japan on Feb. 26 for the eye-popping price of ¥25,000, which ...   More
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Willamette Geek: Microsoft Windows Phone Unveiling on Oct. 11th, AT&T exclusive for now.

Hoping to regain lost market and mindshare in the red-hot smartphone wars, Microsoft is officially rolling out its revamped, Zune-inspired and Xbox-Live aware Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system on Oct. 11. Phones will be hitting retail in November, just in time for the holiday buying season. The handsets will be provided by LG, Samsung and HTC, and will be initially available exclusively through ...   More
Friday, October 1, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Willamette Geek: Verizon Finally Carrying Apple... iPads??

While not the smoking gun guaranteeing the Apple iPhone's imminent arrival at Verizon, the announcement that the wireless carrier will carry the hit media consumption device starting Oct. 28 (along with perennial rival AT&T) is another huge sign something is afoot. And before you ask, no, there's no CDMA version of the iPad. Big Red will only be carrying Wi-Fi iPads. But they will be bundled ...   More
Thursday, October 14, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Willamette Geek: In Like a Lion - Apple Previews its New Operating System

In what I hope is a Reese's-Peanut-Butter-Cup-worthy move, Apple has got some of its iOS in its OS X. In Wednesday's "Back To The Mac" presser, The Steve, in between showcasing an updated iLife suite and a rejiggered, cheaper MacBook Air, extolled the virtues of the next revision to its operating system, OS X Lion (ostensibly 10.7 but how unsexy a moniker is that?). The primary focus of the presentation ...   More
Friday, October 22, 2010 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Cyborg Camp: Actual Sort Of Cyborg Stuff For Us All

David Molnar can read emails in his glasses. When a new note pops in his inbox, a voice speaks the subject line in his ear. He also has these other glasses that have a little camera in the middle that records, digitally, everything you see. This past weekend's Cyborg Camp Portland 2010 event, held in Webtrends' spacious offices in downtown Portland, featured a lot of technology intended to improve ...   More
Monday, October 4, 2010 Ron Knox


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